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BRICS: A global phenomenon turned into a fad?

Negar FayaziThe grouping of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) was considered a significant moment in time, in which emerging economies began to make their mark on the global stage. South Africa joined this imperative bloc of emerging economies in 2010, in line with the country’s foreign policy to strengthen South-South relations and as a representative for the African continent. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) was essentially considered a geopolitical phenomenon challenging the unipolar order, however in recent years a constant question raised is: Is BRICS still relevant today or was it just a fad and what was the point of South Africa’s inclusion in this group?

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INDIA-SOUTH AFRICA RELATIONS ENHANCING A PRAGMATIC ENGAGEMENT

Sanusha NaiduIndia and South Africa are natural allies. This is exemplified through their independent struggles from colonialism and the anti-apartheid liberation respectively, the pursuit of non-alignment, and the battle for a reformed, just, equitable, and inclusive global system that consolidates South-South Cooperation and reflects the current structures of political and economic power.

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The State of the Nation Address 2017: Pandemonium reaffirms South Africa’s international democratic reputation

ArinaMuresanSouth Africa’s historical end to racial discrimination and welcome back into the international community is widely admired. The reform from deviant state to a model world citizen holds immense symbolic potential and thus shows that it is possible to conform to international democratic and governance standards; even if the deviant system in question has been entrenched and institutionalised, as South Africa was.

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Putting America first may leave it last

trumpYears ago I remember reading Paul Kennedy’s classic, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Changes and Military Conflict (1987). I was most impressed by the statement: “But states apparently at the zenith of their political power are usually already in a condition of comparative economic decline and the United States is no exception. Power can be maintained only by a prudent balance between the creation of wealth and military expenditure, and great powers in decline almost always hasten their demise by shifting expenditure from the former to the latter.”

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Pro Trump means antifeminism

SaraMorshediWe are currently living in very troubling and uncertain times, what I’m referring to is the ongoing political situation in the U.S. How the American people have managed to vote for a man that has publicly bragged about sexually assaulting women is beyond me; it has rattled me to my very core. When former first lady Michelle Obama gave a speech in New Hampshire before the presidential election in November, she emphasized how it personally affected not only her but women all over America that Trump had openly made disrespectful comments towards women.

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